Maryland voters re-elected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — the first GOP governor to win a second term since the 1950s. And at the same time, Democrats added to their control at the county level, ousting Republican county executives in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
Howard County saw an especially historic turnout, as Democratic County Councilman Calvin Ball defeated Republican Allan Kittleman and will be the county’s first African-American county executive.
Ball defeated Kittleman by more than 6,000 votes, 52 percent to Kittleman’s 47 percent. Kittleman served as county executive for the past four years and was the first Republican in that position since 1996. Howard, a swing county, has elected two Democrats and two republicans as executives since 1990, reports The Baltimore Sun.